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Dr. Yi Ruan is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Nottingham University Business School China. Previously she worked as a Senior Manager of Technology Transfer at the Public Utilities Board (PUB) in Singapore and an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before that, she worked as a senior research fellow at the Division of Engineering & Technology Management and Institute of Engineering Leadership in NUS.

Her research covers topics on the technology transfer between public and private sectors, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship. She has published book chapter, case studies, and academic papers on the topics of Disruptive Innovation, Innovations in Emerging Economies, Technology Transfer in reputable journals. Her current research interests include entrepreneurial decision making process,  academic entrepreneurship, business ecosystem in China, technology upgrading of Chinese SMEs, etc.



  • Doing Business in China
  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Globalization and Innovation in China


  • International Business Environment
  • International Business Strategy

Research Interests

Management of Technology (MOT), Innovation Strategy, Entrepreneurial Decision Making, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Technology Upgrading of Chinese SMEs

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